Artists: Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Shira Wachsmann

Curator: Michal B. Ron


UNBORDERED | Public Performance – Berlin was the VIP preview event opening the“Festival of Future Nows” that was choreographed by the Institut für Raumexperimente of the University of the Arts Berlin under the direction of Olafur Eliasson in the New National Gallery.


The dining table combined elements from the German history and cultural heritage withtraditional German food, German products that effect world politics with foreign influences that invade life in Germany. Thereby the performance materialized a set of problems that Germany currently confronts, especially in connection with Germany’s leading role in the European Unionand the inner tensions that rise around the challenges of immigration.


The still life installation included objects on loan from the following institutions: the Museum of European Cultures lent Germans memorial plates from the 19th century to the 1970ies that commemorated the ideal of “Germania” as well as German leaders of the First World War; the Federal Ministry of Justice and for Consumerism lent law books of the Nazi regime from the library’s historical archive; the Centre for Anatomy of the Charité Medical University lent historical anthropological measuring instruments that were in use in racist pseudoscience practices, as well as plastic sculls; and the Foundation New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum lent Jewish objects such as a Menorah.

Private lenders contributed books that represented German philosophy and literature, as well as Turkish and Palestinian objects, and even a hand grenade.

The artists integrated objects from their own collections into the display, including preserved dead animals, and used a map of the European Union, embroidered by a refugee from South Sudan on a special commission, as tablecloth.


Between the borrowed objects, and some euro coins that the artists spread on the table, stood cold cooked potatoes and salt, bread and butter, apples and grapes. The museum’s security staff guarded the table, ringing small bells whenever someone approached. Despite the startling effect of the overall arrangement, and the alarming security staff that rang their bells all through the performance, by the end of the event the public had consumed everything, leaving no food

behind.

UNBORDERED | Public Performance – Berlin 2015

Neue Nationalgalerie

Detail view of the installation

Material: Performance

Dimension: site specific